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The English Urban RenaissanceCulture and Society in the Provincial Town 1660-1770$
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Peter Borsay

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202554

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202554.001.0001

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Arenas of Display

Arenas of Display

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(p.150) 6 Arenas of Display
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The English Urban Renaissance
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Peter Borsay

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202554.003.0006

This chapter focuses on two of the most important leisure facilities developed in the post-Restoration town: assemblies and walks. One such assembly that was set up was in York and it in fact operated in the city even before the Civil War. The purpose of these assemblies was to encourage undiluted socializing. In addition, walks and gardens were established to act as arenas for personal display outdoors. Most of these walks were located in open-air spaces that were near to where traditional games and festivals were held. One of the cities that initiated the creation of these walks was London.

Keywords:   walks, assemblies, leisure, personal display, socializing, open-air

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